A unique, engrossing tale: "The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond" by Jaime Jo Wright

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about the book....

For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and Midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant facade. Yet her strange and sudden inheritance of a run-down trailer home--full of pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters--leaves her wholly unprepared for how truly dark and deadly those secrets may be.

A century earlier, Gossamer Grove is stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, while working at her father's newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon's son to solve the crime, it becomes clear that a reckoning has come to town--but it isn't until another obituary arrives at the paper that they realize the true depths of the danger they've waded into.

Two women, separated by a hundred years, must unravel the mysteries of their own town before it's too late and they lose their future--or their very souls.

my review....

Readers who enjoyed Jaime Jo Wright's debut novel, "The House on Foster Hill", will be pleased to learn that her sophomore offering is every bit as good as her first! The novel zings along with well-plotted transitions between past and present, engaging readers thoroughly into the mysterious events tying together the residents of Gossamer Grove from the early 1900s to our modern times. I would be hard pressed to say which character I enjoyed reading about more, whether the historical Libby or the modern Annalise, as both are unique and special in their own right. The host of secondary characters are equally well-developed, and I appreciated that the romance was handled with a deft hand that fit well into the story.

"The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond" will immerse you in its secrets and suspense, drawing you ever deeper into the story as you consider who is behind the past murders and also the danger stalking Annalise. I can attest that there are plenty of unexpected moments that will have you questioning where you thought the story was going! I enjoyed encountering the historical elements that the author explores, such as the tent revival meetings and the fiery evangelists that host them, seeing how such events can have an important long-term impact on a town and its residents. And in the midst of mystery, a theme of undeserved, rich grace threads itself into the happenings of these characters' lives, adding a richness to the story that deeply satisfies. If you are anything like me, you will close the pages of this story feeling both entertained and appreciating anew the amazing God who loves us.

Jaime Jo Wright has written another solid novel, and will no doubt leave her readers looking forward to what is next to emerge from her talented pen. I award this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars, and encourage you to immerse yourself into this intriguing tale.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Jaime Jo Wright
Jaime Jo Wright is the author of the acclaimed novels The House on Foster Hill and The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime works as a human resources director in Wisconsin, where she lives with her husband and two children. To learn more, visit www.jaimewrightbooks.com.

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